Wear the hood

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We were walking as a family in the cold — 30 degrees in Leveanworth, WA. We wore borrowed or thrift-store-bought snow gear. It was effective but on the long walk home the layers were no match for the deepening chill.  I carried Eden—my one year old—in the man-humbler pouch against my chest. She was bundled sufficiently, with one exception. She …

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The day after

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So much build up… So much effort… And hopefully a lot of fun and joy.  But either way, expect the post-Christmas hangover. Not because you drank too much, but because there is a calm after the storm that feels like a let-down.  Embrace it.  Try this: Journal for three minutes. Answer the following: What surprised me this year? Where did …

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas to you! I pray that today you sense the realness of a loving God who arrived as a vulnerable child–simple, humble, and accessible–to a world prone to ignore Him. Christmas reminds us that God is still arriving and still inviting you and I to pay attention and remember there’s more going on here. There’s a star in front …

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1 day before Christmas

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There is only 1 day left before Christmas! Happy Christmas Eve. Christmas is a big deal—lights, presents, parties, movies, songs… But, amidst all the action, it’s easy to miss Jesus. “He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize Him.” – John 1:10 People have been missing Jesus for 2,000 years. Some thought He’d show up looking more …

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3 days before Christmas

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Digital detox I know, I know. Right in the middle of the madness I’m encouraging you to disconnect. Maybe not today, but soon. Most first-world humans alive today are slaves to screens. I realize you’re using a screen to read this right now, but I’m leveraging this connection to urge you to disconnect. Not forever. For an hour. Then a …

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4 days before Christmas

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There are just 4 days left before Christmas! Let’s assume you might experience a little family drama this time of year. Whether because they’re with you or because they’re not. Here’s your game plan: Shift from expectation to appreciation. Instead of needing something from someone, release them, and bless them. Family is a gift. Remember that. You can’t choose your …

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5 days before Christmas

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There are only 5 days left before Christmas! The conditions of Jesus’ birth were a train wreck. So messy, extremely uncomfortable, smelly animals everywhere, no money or support system present… Brutal! Even by 1st century standards. Brutal, until you reflect back on the large, cosmic reality of what’s going down. The God of everything, who created everything, is being born …

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6 days before Christmas

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There are only 6 days left before Christmas! Lights and Christmas have always gone together.Lights on trees.Lights on houses.Lights on sweaters.Lights on sweaters on dogs. Christmas lights are everywhere. They are part of what makes the season so different and special. And the lights have meaning. Most people might not think of it when they string their bulbs, but their …

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7 days before Christmas

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There are only 7 days left before Christmas! That’s ONE WEEK. What if this could be a week of JOY? Stay with me. Joy might not be at the top of your shopping list, but EVERYBODY loves joy. And EVERYBODY prefers to hang around joyful, happy people. Are you? Are you happy? Are you cultivating joy in your life so …

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8 days before Christmas

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There are only 8 days left before Christmas! “Hope” Hope is a major theme of Christmas. In reality, hope is a major theme of life. Many have said you can’t survive without hope. But Christmas has become the most “hope-filled” time of the year. When Jesus was born, there had been a long break in the action, as far as …

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